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THINKING ABROAD: McLanahan’s  product offering and strategy for export to China focused on increasing their presence in the agricultural equipment market.
THINKING ABROAD: McLanahan’s product offering and strategy for export to China focused on increasing their presence in the agricultural equipment market.

Excellence In Innovation

WINNER: Design Anthology - Alpha Surf Ski

What the judges said:

Design Anthology’s submission was one of the best applications ever submitted for the innovation category.  

A very well thought out application showing how innovation can provide a competitive advantage for both manufacturing processes and consumer benefit

Highly Commended:Cobond for their fire retardant and anti-static (fras) conveyor belt repair kit.

Export  

WINNER: The McLanahan

What the judges said:

McLanahan’s  product offering and strategy for export to China focused on increasing their presence in the agricultural equipment market. This resulted in increasing export sales in the agricultural and non-agricultural markets.

They have clearly highlighted their key objectives and goals, utilising many activities around customising the message for the China market, China website development, implementing a social media strategy, attending exhibitions and conferences, obtaining market research intelligence, and seeking external advice.

They have a clear goal of having staff in-market and will be opening their Shanghai office later this year.  

Connections with Austrade, Australia China Business Council, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce are also smart connections. 

Highly Commended: Steber International

Technology

WINNER: Airpak Sheetmetal

What the judges said: 

Airpak Sheetmetal has invested in  advanced machinery to improve their productivity in a declining sheetmetal fabrication industry. Instead of scaling down, Airpak decided to upscale production.

Their technology acquisition  allowed Airpak sheetmetal to bid on much larger projects and resulted in annualised growth of 16% over the period of 2012-2017. The company has also more than doubled its workforce.

Highly Commended: Custom Fluidpower